Sifuna terms proposed finance law worse, calls for public pressure

Monday, May 13th, 2024 13:14 | By
Nairobi senator Edwin Sifuna. PHOTO/@Sifuna/X

Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna has called on Kenyans to intensify pressure on their Members of Parliament during the upcoming discussions on the Finance Bill 2024.

Reflecting on the recent handling of the Division of Revenue Bill by senators, Sifuna noted the importance of public pressure in influencing elected leaders to act in the public interest.

Sifuna's encouraged

"I was extremely encouraged by the way my colleagues from the Senate majority side dealt with the Division of Revenue Bill this time round. It demonstrates that public pressure works in pushing elected representatives to do the right thing," Sifuna stated on his X account.

ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna
ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna. PHOTO/(@edwinsifuna)/X

According to Sifuna, the Finance Bill 2024 is even more concerning than its predecessor, and he believes President William Ruto's administration is finding creative ways to burden Kenyans.

The Nairobi Senator expressed confidence in his Member of Parliament, Tim Wanyonyi, and urged Kenyans to also engage with their MPs on the matter.

"I'm saying you must make life extremely unbearable for your MP now that we are in Budget Season. Ruto’s Finance Bill 2024 is significantly worse than the last one. He truly has depth, range, and creativity when it comes to ways of hurting Kenyans. So call your MP. I know Tim Wanyonyi will reject this bill. What about yours?" he added.

Sifuna joins Omtatah

Sifuna's call for public action follows a similar plea from Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah, who also urged Kenyans to participate in discussions surrounding the Finance Bill 2024 actively.

In a statement posted on social media, Senator Omtatah stressed the importance of public awareness and involvement in legislative processes, as mandated by the Constitution.

Omtatah also spoke of the need for active citizen participation in shaping the country's direction.

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ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna. PHOTO/@TheODMparty/X

The Finance Bill 2024 contains several proposals aimed at bolstering revenue generation and enhancing tax compliance, including amendments related to motor vehicle tax, withholding tax on the supply of goods to public entities, and modifications to the Data Protection Act to enable revenue authorities to access information for tax collection purposes.

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